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Pregnancy discrimination: Make sure managers know the laws

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Employers can sometimes run into very large legal fees if they assume managers know federal anti-discrimination laws. The only way to be sure is to provide training on how to comply with the law.

Advice: Never discount the possibility that some of your supervisors may be completely clueless about the legal trouble they might cause.

Case in point: Consider the recent case of a North Dakota restaurant. A waitress told the restaurant’s manager that she was pregnant. Shortly thereafter, she was fired.

To make matters worse, the manager was perfectly honest about what happened. He told one and all that he had fired the waitress because of her pregnancy.

Guess what! She filed an EEOC complaint.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act is not particularly complicated. It equates pregnancy discrimination with sex discrimination, and forbids treating pregnant workers any differently than other similarly situated employees. For exa...(register to read more)

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